Ophthalmic Medical Technologists
SOC: 29-2099.05


Assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions and ophthalmic photography. Provide instruction and supervision to other ophthalmic personnel. Assist with minor surgical procedures, applying aseptic techniques and preparing instruments. May perform eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct patients in care and use of corrective lenses.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
102,200 employed

Projected (2024):
125,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Angiography Technologist
  • Certified Diagnostic Ophthalmic Sonographer and Registered Ophthalmic Ultrasound Biometrist (CDOS and ROUB)
  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
  • Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT)
  • Certified Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technologist
  • Certified Retinal Angiographer
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Medical Technologist
  • Ocular Care Technologist
  • Ophthalmic Medical Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technologist
  • Ophthalmic Photographer
  • Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Technologist (Ophthalmic Tech)
  • Ophthalmology Surgical Technician
  • Optometric Technologist
  • Retinal Angiographer
  • Surgical Coordinator

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Administer topical ophthalmic or oral medications.
  • Assess abnormalities of color vision, such as amblyopia.
  • Assess refractive condition of eyes, using retinoscope.
  • Assist physicians in performing ophthalmic procedures, including surgery.
  • Calculate corrections for refractive errors.
  • Collect ophthalmic measurements or other diagnostic information, using ultrasound equipment, such as A-scan ultrasound biometry or B-scan ultrasonography equipment.
  • Conduct binocular disparity tests to assess depth perception.
  • Conduct ocular motility tests to measure function of eye muscles.
  • Conduct tests, such as the Amsler Grid test, to measure central visual field used in the early diagnosis of macular degeneration, glaucoma, or diseases of the eye.
  • Conduct tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.
  • Conduct visual field tests to measure field of vision.
  • Create three-dimensional images of the eye, using computed tomography (CT).
  • Measure and record lens power, using lensometers.
  • Measure corneal curvature with keratometers or ophthalmometers to aid in the diagnosis of conditions, such as astigmatism.
  • Measure corneal thickness, using pachymeter or contact ultrasound methods.
  • Measure the thickness of the retinal nerve, using scanning laser polarimetry techniques to aid in diagnosis of glaucoma.
  • Measure visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests.
  • Perform advanced ophthalmic procedures, including electrophysiological, electrophysical, or microbial procedures.
  • Perform flourescein angiography of the eye.
  • Perform slit lamp biomicroscopy procedures to diagnose disorders of the eye, such as retinitis, presbyopia, cataracts, or retinal detachment.
  • Photograph patients' eye areas, using clinical photography techniques, to document retinal or corneal defects.
  • Supervise or instruct ophthalmic staff.
  • Take anatomical or functional ocular measurements of the eye or surrounding tissue, such as axial length measurements.
  • Call patients to inquire about their post-operative status or recovery.
  • Clean or sterilize ophthalmic or surgical instruments.
  • Conduct low vision blindness tests.
  • Instruct patients in the care and use of contact lenses.
  • Maintain ophthalmic instruments or equipment.
  • Take and document patients' medical histories.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • A-scan biometers
  • Amsler grids
  • Automated lensometers
  • Autorefractors
  • B-Scan biometers
  • Bio-microscopes
  • Brightness acuity testers
  • Color blindness tests
  • Combination refractor keratometers
  • Corneal pachymeters
  • Corneal topographers
  • Digital pupillometers
  • Electroretinogram equipment
  • Eye chart projectors
  • Fundus cameras
  • Handheld occluders
  • Hertel exophthalmometers
  • Jaeger lid plates
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Luedde exophthalmometers
  • Maddox rods
  • Manual blood pressure cuffs
  • Manual lensometers
  • Manual pupillometers
  • Millimeter rules
  • Naugle exophthalmometers
  • Ocular transilluminators
  • Ophthalmic perimeters
  • Ophthalmic retinoscopes
  • Ophthalmic slit lamps
  • Ophthalmic syringes
  • Ophthalmic tonographers
  • Ophthalmic tonometers
  • Ophthalmoscopes
  • Optical coherence tomography OCT scanners
  • Optokinetic drums
  • Personal computers
  • Phoroptors
  • Potential acuity meters
  • Retinal tomography machines
  • Scanning laser ophthalmoscopes
  • Snellen eye charts
  • Specular microscopes
  • Steam autoclaves
  • Stereo vision tests
  • Tangent screens
  • Titmus vision screeners
  • Visual acuity cards
  • Wavefront aberrometers
  • AcuityPro VisionScience Software
  • Email software
  • EyeMD EMR
  • ezChartWriter
  • iChart Plus Visual Acuity Digital Eye Chart Testing Software
  • Medflow Complete
  • MediPro Medisoft Clinical
  • NaviNet software
  • Web browser software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800